Inspiration Point Via Tunnel is a hiking and biking trail in Santa Barbara County, California. It is within Los Padres National Forest. It is 0.8 miles long and begins at 1,813 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 951 feet. Inspiration Point is near the trailhead.
Inspiration Point Via Tunnel Professional Reviews and Guides
"This short but challenging run provides excellent views of Santa Barbara, the foothills, and higher mountain peaks. The first 0.75 mile is on a paved road up the hillside. Lush vegetation lines the rest of the trail and there is a stream crossing amid huge boulders in a dramatic, steep-walled canyon. After your run, consider a visit to the nearby Santa Barbara Mission, Museum of Natural History, and Botanic Gardens."
--Stan Swartz, Jim Wolff & Samir Shahin, 50 Trail Runs in Southern California (The Mountaineers Books).
"This easily accessible hike starts close to the center of town and quickly rises up a well-marked trail. It traverses through chaparral and sandstone walls before emerging atop Inspiration Point with views of Santa Barbara, the Pacific Ocean, and the coastline"
--Bryn Fox, Best Easy Day Hikes Santa Barbara (Falcon Guides).
"This uphill trail is popular with well- behaved dogs that love the freedom of hiking off leash. The hike rewards their human companions with views at the start from the dramatic caramel sandstone bluffs and peaks to the sweeping vistas over Santa Barbara and across to the Channel Islands. As a bonus, during normal wet winters and springs, seasonal creeks flush through the chaparral landscape."
--Linda and David Mullally, Best Dog Hikes Southern California (Falcon Guides).
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